Category Archives: miscellaneous

Old and New and Audibly Cool

How about that? The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced finalists for its 2014 Audie Awards competition, the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment in 29 categories. And yes, the spoken version of my erotic novel Carrie’s Story has been nominated for an Audie in the brand … Continue reading Old and New and Audibly Cool

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Reading on the Road, with Janet, Jane, Jo Baker, and my Mom

With so much of my family on the East Coast, my trips back here from California become elaborate omnibus affairs, with so many craftily-designed stops up and down the eastern seaboard that I sometimes lose track and wind up having to pay megabucks for a last-minute Amtrak reservation (and worth every penny, needless to say, … Continue reading Reading on the Road, with Janet, Jane, Jo Baker, and my Mom

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lives don’t stop and start at the behest of a goddamn plot…

Though my life did more or less stop for a few days when writing this rather extended discussion of the romance novella anthology, At the Duke’s Wedding, by Miranda Neville, Caroline Linden, Maya Rodale, and Katherine Ashe. I didn’t expect to write 1500 words about it, but my inner wonk grabbed the reins. So many … Continue reading lives don’t stop and start at the behest of a goddamn plot…

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What Susie Said

I’ve got to share this lovely bit from Susie Bright, pre-nominating Carrie’s Story for a 2014 Audie (audible.com’s annual award) in erotica: Carries Story, by Molly Weatherfield. Narrated by Shana Savage. This is actually a Romance classic. It changed the genre from R to X. It brought Story of O to romance, with open, thrilled … Continue reading What Susie Said

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Live, Love, Learn

So there I was, last night, enthusiastically spritzing about my list of Erotic Writers’ Tools for Taking it From Arousal to Art. I was giving a workshop on writing BDSM, in, of all places, Pink Bunny, a lingerie and sex toy store on San Francisco’s upscale Union Street, and (as I tend to do) I … Continue reading Live, Love, Learn

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Pride, Not Prejudice: thinking gratefully, and thinking like a romance writer

Another “why didn’t I think of that?” — the “Pride, not Prejudice” slogan on the San Francisco Public Library Bookmobile float today at the Pride Parade. Still, good for them for coming up with one more reason for me to feel inspired and grateful during this most joyous of Pride celebrations, during a week when … Continue reading Pride, Not Prejudice: thinking gratefully, and thinking like a romance writer

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Brief Travel Dispatch (from the East Coast and from the Interior)

I always learn so much by reading aloud and meeting readers. Terrific discussion of erotic reading at the BESS meeting last Wednesday night — it’s no surprise that people whose preferences lean to narrativized sex (ie BDSM) are moved to write down the stories produced by fantasy or in the throes of power exchange. My … Continue reading Brief Travel Dispatch (from the East Coast and from the Interior)

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